Water Women Reveal Need for Expansion of Our Social Mission

Each time we go to visit the Camu Camu collectors who partner with us on the Rio Curaray in the Amazon River Basin, we learn more about who they are and what they need. On this most recent trip, a new area of need was brought to our attention.

First, though, we are very happy to say that when we met with the Water Women who received water filters and training last March, we discovered that the water filter project is going very well. Each filter serves four families, which is about 20 people. With 14 Water Women, most of the people in the two communities of Santa Maria and Nuevo Yarina now have access to clean water. We even had requests from other women to receive the training and filters. It was wonderful to see the families and their children drinking clear, clean water.

In the eight months since we were last there, many changes had occurred in the community. A huge flood had destroyed the secondary school the year before and, working together in their spare time, the community had rebuilt the school. WWB gave the money to build a large boat that takes the high school students back and forth to their new school, which has become a 49-minute boat ride each way. The new location is on much higher ground where it will not be flooded again. Emily, the chosen leader of the Water Women, and her husband had built a small one room church structure behind their home where people meet on Sundays. New babies had appeared. In fact, the leader of the Water Women in Nuevo Yarina was in labor and giving birth on the very day we arrived.

While we were talking with the people and hearing their news, a new need surfaced. We had brought them gifts in gallon containers of our Chanca Piedra product, along with Cat’s Claw tea, Camu Camu capsules, and Desmodium liquid extract. We entrusted them to Emily who will distribute the botanicals to those with health issues. The women were thrilled with the gifts and kept asking questions about what the herbs were good for. They started bringing up health issues in their families and asking our team which herb would be good for different conditions. For example, one of the women asked if we had anything that would help her husband’s prostate issue. We told her we have Royal Lucraco, which is a desert plant shown to be supportive of the prostate. It can reduce urinary frequency within 5 days and PSA levels in 6-8 weeks. She was very interested and asked if we could bring her some Royal Lucraco next time we come. As we provided them with an impromptu herbal training, we realized that even though these plants grow all around them in the Amazon, most of the people have lost the connection to their traditional herbal knowledge.

Now that we have this awareness, we feel that we must always take our products to give as gifts to the people who collect and grow the medicinal plants for Whole World Botanicals. They may not have access to these healing botanicals in any other way. The Water Women were asking us to bring more of our “medicine” to them. And we will. In fact, we are exploring setting up a non-profit organization that can make Whole World Botanicals products available to the indigenous people of Peru on a much larger scale.

In addition, we have plans in the future to supply our Camu Camu collectors with the seeds of these rainforest plants so they can start planting them in their existing vegetable gardens. We want to help them preserve the Camu Camu for their own use. We learned the importance of this from another community that realized how valued Camu Camu is around the world. They started preparing the plants in forms appropriate for their own use. Some of the botanicals our collectors can grow themselves, such as the Camu Camu and the rainforest plants, but not the Maca root from the mountains or the Lucraco from the desert. That’s where we can help them by supplying gifts of our WWB products.

We will keep you posted as these endeavors progress. Thank you for your continued support of Whole World Botanicals and, through us, the indigenous people of Peru.

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Water Filter Project Expanded to Include Puerto Rico

So many of us are very troubled by the fact that two months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, thousands of people on the island are still without access to clean drinking water! Because of this unprecedented emergency in own country (the United States), we at Whole World Botanicals are expanding our social mission partnership with Water with Blessings in Peru to include Puerto Rico.

We have contributed $1500 to jump start a GoFundMe campaign and invite those of you wanting to make a difference to contribute directly to pay for water filters which will be available in the most remote parts of Puerto Rico where aid is not reaching.

Click the Learn More button below to watch our video and learn how you can be part of the solution!

For $20 (the reduced disaster rate pricing) Water with Blessings, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is presently providing approved partners with an Emergency Filtration Kit for Puerto Rico and other islands. The kit includes the Sawyer PointONE filter with fitments, a 2 gallon emergency water storage pouch, basic instructions in Spanish, training materials and shipping. As long as donations hold out, limited numbers of donated kits will be available for organizations and groups which are able to make acceptable assurances of responsible distribution, training and reporting.

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Puerto Rico Water Filter Project

Dear Beloved Whole World Botanicals Community,

We have all seen the aftermath of destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico on every news channel across America. The storm pushed the island’s 3.4 million American citizens into a desperate humanitarian crisis. Nearly every home across the island at one point was without power, clean water, food, medicine or fuel.

So many of us are very troubled by the fact that two months after this hurricane struck Puerto Rico, thousands of people on the island are still without access to clean drinking water! As you may know, Whole World Botanicals has a formal commitment to help preserve the Amazon Rainforest which is being destroyed at an alarming rate. As human beings, we also have a social commitment to the collectors and growers of our botanicals. Because of this unprecedented emergency in own country (the United States), we have extended our commitment to help people in Puerto Rico who are in desperate need of clean water, by expanding our social mission partnership with Water with Blessings in Peru to include Puerto Rico.

We have contributed $1500 to jump start this campaign and invite those of you wanting to make a difference at the most basic level of human need to be a part of this unique opportunity to contribute directly to pay for water filters which will be available to Water Women in the most remote parts of Puerto Rico where aid is not reaching.

For $20 (the reduced disaster rate pricing) Water with Blessings, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is presently providing approved partners with an Emergency Filtration Kit for Puerto Rico and other islands. The kit includes the Sawyer PointONE filter with fitments, a 2 gallon emergency water storage pouch, basic instructions in Spanish, training materials and shipping. As long as donations hold out, limited numbers of donated kits will be available for organizations and groups which are able to make acceptable assurances of responsible distribution, training and reporting.

Click here to become part of the solution and donate today.

WWB Helps Peruvian Flood Victims

Peru is having torrential rains and widespread flooding this year. People have died from avalanche or drowning, 115,000+ homes have been destroyed, and many families are living in tent cities. According to the United Nations, 3 million Peruvians are at risk for diseases—especially children—due to dirty, contaminated water.

As part of our social mission to give back to Peru, the home country of our botanicals, Whole World Botanicals has partnered with Water With Blessings and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, to help empower Peruvian women to provide clean water to their hard-hit communities, and prevent disease and deaths from waterborne illnesses.

Please watch our 2-minute video above for the whole story.

Will you please help us and our partners? Every donation helps bring more clean water to the Peruvians who need it most right now?
www.waterwithblessings.org/donate.html

December 2015 Trip to Santa Maria

Highlights from our December 2015 Trip to Santa Maria…

Food Disaster: Republicans Stomp on GMO Labeling

If passed, a new bill will only escalate the assault on our health, and the health of Planet Earth.

by Katherine Paul, Director of Communications for the Organic Consumers Association / AlterNet
July 14, 2015

With no debate and only a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture today (July 14, 2015) passed out of committee H.R. 1599, a bill to preempt states’ rights to label GMOs. Within hours, it was announced that the bill will go straight to the House floor, as early as next week, with no vote in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

If we don’t stop it in the House next week, the fight to stop this “Mother of All Monsanto Protection Acts” will take place next in the U.S. Senate, before summer’s end.

In his opening statement this morning, Committee Chairman Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) (who shortly after today’s vote said he will co-sponsor H.R. 1599) couldn’t have sounded more like a Monsanto employee if he’d tried. Conaway nailed the biotech industry’s favorite talking points and mistruths, beginning with this one:

In testimony before this Committee, multiple representatives of the food and agricultural sectors commented on the cost burden that would be placed on our food system if we were to allow the 50 States, more than 3000 counties and nearly 20,000 towns and cities in the United States to establish their own laws regulating interstate commerce.

Time and again, independent experts have stated that the cost of labeling GMO foods and ingredients, to manufacturers, retailers and consumers, would be negligible here in the U.S., just as it has been in the more than 60 countries that already require labeling. GMO labels are costless, as pointed out in this Washington Postarticle. Companies regularly update their food packaging as they come up with new designs or marketing strategies.

And then there was the ultimate lie about GMOs, that they have been “proven safe:”

We all recognize that the overwhelming consensus within the science community is that these biotech products are safe. We likewise understand that each and every biotech product in the marketplace today has been reviewed thorough a voluntary food safety consultation process at the Food and Drug Administration.

Wrong. Ever since GMOs were introduced into the food system in the 1990s, without adequate, independent, pre-market safety testing, there have been scientists and studies and mounds of anecdotal evidence suggesting they are unsafe. The American Medical Association believes GMO foods should be subjected to pre-market safety testing. And there is surely no consensus, as hundreds of scientists worldwide have confirmed, on the safety of GMOs that have already been approved. That is a flat-out lie.

Conaway spoke instead about the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s “voluntary food safety consultation process” as if that were a valid means of proving safety.

Glaringly absent from Conaway’s statement was any mention of the toxic chemicals used to grow GMO crops, and allowed to remain as residue on GMO foods. Not one word was spoken about the World Health Organization’s recent determination that glyphosate, the chemical used on more than 80 percent of GMO crops, is a probably human carcinogen.

None of these statements, coming from a lawmaker with ties to Big Ag, were particularly surprising. But what should concern any consumer ,voter, citizen or just plain common-sense thinking human being, is that Conaway’s statement clearly focused on how to promote the profits of corporations, rather than on how to protect people from foods that have not been proven safe, and the arsenal of toxic chemicals used to grow them. It was all about “marketing,” and how we need a government program for food producers who want to voluntarily label their products as GMO-free, or containing GMOs.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has long been in the business of assisting producers to develop programs and tools to take advantage of market opportunities. The Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee recently examined the programs of the Agricultural Marketing Service. The Subcommittee concluded that the agency has the resources and expertise to develop and administer a robust marketing program for those wishing to notify consumers of the presence or absence of genetically engineered ingredients in their food products. What the agency doesn’t have is the law to make it work uniformly across the country like we did 25 years ago when we passed the Organic Foods Production Act.

Not one word on the devastation to the environment. Not one word on how chemical-intensive, fossil-fuel-intensive industrial agriculture is one of the largest contributors, if not the largest contributor, to global warming—and how if we don’t fix this system, we can’t be serious about averting a climate disaster.

As Pope Francis said recently, on the topic of genetic engineering and its use of toxic pesticides:

It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further. For example, many birds and insects die out as a result of toxic pesticides created by technology, they are useful to agriculture itself, and their disappearance will be compensated with another technological intervention that probably will bring new harmful effects… looking at the world we see that this level of human intervention, often in the service of finance and consumerism, actually causes the earth we live in to become less rich and beautiful, more and more limited and gray, while at the same time the development of technology and consumerism continues to advance without limits.

H.R. 1599 is an assault on consumer rights, an assault on democracy and states’ rights. And if passed, it will only escalate the assault on our health, and the health of Planet Earth.

Please help us continue to fight this disastrous and undemocratic piece of legislation.

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USDA Gives First Non-GMO Verification

Minneapolis, MN—The USDA has verified its first non-GMO claim through its Process Verified Program(PVP). Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack noted that while the PVP itself is not new, this is the first claim of its kind to be verified through it. He added that other companies have taken interest in having their claims verified through the program.

PVP being used for non-GMO verification does not mean that the USDA has set its own non-GMO standards. Instead, the program has the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) act as a third party in verifying marketing claims, according to a statement from Sam Jones-Ellard, a spokesperson for the AMS. Jones-Ellard also noted that while the USDA’s organic certification process is also done through the AMS, the two programs will remain separate, meaning that even if a company is certified organic, they will have to go through a second process to have their non-GMO claims verified.

Excerpted from WholeFoods Magazine, July 2015, (online 5/26/2015)

Dr. Muller Answers Common Maca Questions

Dr. Viana Muller answers frequently asked questions about the herb maca.

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A Look at South American Medicinal Herbs and Hormonal Health: An Interview with Dr. Viana Muller

In this interview with Mary Shomon at the About.com Thyroid site, Dr. Viana Muller discusses South American medicinal herbs from the rain forest and Andes. Mary Shomon is the author of Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough: Overcoming Sexual and Hormonal Problems at Every Age, The Thyroid Diet: Manage Your Metabolism for Lasting Weight Loss, Living Well With Hypothyroidism, Living Well With Graves’ Disease and Hyperthyroidism, Living Well With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia, and Living Well With Autoimmune Disease. Mary also writes, edits and publishes Sticking Out Our Necks: Thyroid Newsletter.

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Peruvian Partnerships featuring Whole World Botanicals, Inc. Alliance for New Humanity

Feb 2008 Newsletter

PERUVIAN PARTNERSHIPS – A new model of sustainable business practice that respects indigenous wisdom. Large corporations aided by a contemptible global economic system, perpetuate notoriously poor business practices in the majority world. From outsourcing production to ‘sweatshops’ in the Far East to appropriating bio-diverse rainforests for the timber trade, it seems there is no end to the lengths these businesses will go to pillage natural resources and in turn exacerbate climate change. But not all businesses are the same, and social entrepreneurship is one area where concerned individuals are setting a precedent for more sustainable, ethical and equitable business practices.